IT is a well-known and much-loved park and open space in the heart of the city.

The Level in Brighton is part of the Valley Gardens corridor, and has a rich history as one of the city’s busiest parks.

It has a children’s play area, a skate park, a water feature, a cafe, a rose walk, a sensory garden and picnic lawns.

The first concrete skate park was built on The Level in 1978.

It was designed by architects Murrin and Partners.

Since the late 1970s there was a local crew called The Level Army.

The Level Army and nearby skate shop Pig City made their own clothes and films.

Through the 1990s there were regular skate competitions.

Some of our photos today show boys skating at The Level in 1988.

In 2004, the half pipe and mini ramp were removed and a new skate park opened there in June 2013.

It continues to be the centre of the skate scene in Brighton.

It was refurbished from the earlier version by skate park design and build company Freestyle.

It followed a grant of £2.2 million in lottery funding which was given to the council.

A crowd of schoolchildren are pictured running into The Level in an unknown year, left. Were you among them?

Also pictured is the Voyager ride at a funfair at The Level in 1991

A funfair still comes to The Level every year.

Does anyone know any more about any of these photos? If you do, please get in touch with us.

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